Six Weird Vehicle-Related Tax Deductions

April 7, 2014
Cars and driving are necessary for many Americans to do their jobs. And yet if you don't have a company vehicle and a fleet manager, figuring how much of a vehicle-related deduction you're entitled to isn't always a straightforward calculation come tax time.

We drive to work; we drive to eat, gather, and play; and sometimes, we drive just to drive. It all needs to be logged and accounted for. But what rules apply and when can depend on nuance and intent—and all too often, it seems, result in rules that seem a little strange in real-life situations.

We're talking here about tax deductions that might seem a little creative—yet ones that are still technically legal, or were accepted in the end.

Of course, we can't stress this more: Check with your accountant and tax preparer before making business purchases or trying to claim particular deductions. It pays to have an expert scrutinize your thought process—and cross-reference your reasons with the real tax code.

With that caution, here are five weird, yet useful, tax deductions from which you might be able to benefit.

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